US-Mexico border closed to ‘non-essential’ traffic

The US-Mexico border will temporarily close to “non-essential traffic” in an effort to control and slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Trump administration has closed its borders with both Mexico and Canada in recent days. The border closures will go into effect at midnight on Saturday, but will not affect trade, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

US-Mexico and US-Canada border restrictions are due be in place for at least 30 days.

US-Mexico border: COVID-19BBC News:

On Wednesday President Trump announced that the border with Canada would be closed to non-essential traffic “by mutual consent”.

During Friday’s news briefing he said the Mexican border would be sealed off to “unscreened” travellers.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the US was “working with both our Canadian partners as well as our Mexican partners” to limit “non-essential travel”.

He added: “We want to make sure cargo continues, trade continues, healthcare workers continue to be able to traverse that border. But tourism, some recreational activities and other things need to stop during this crisis.”

MacDailyNews Note: More info on the Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) via the U.S. CDC is here. Track the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) here.

22 Comments

      1. That wall doesn’t look very effective. Maybe Apple could donate iPad Pros with preloaded games to mount on the southern side of the overhyped fence. The rush of Americans to get free stuff would form the actual wall. Think of the money Mexico would save on construction costs.

        1. Really? All I see are young able bodied men on the fence.

          So if it slows down the crossing, wouldn’t that enable Border Patrol to see where the people are crossing and send men there to dissuade them?

          I guess my real question is WHAT THE FSCK DO YOU WANT AND EXPECT?

          Typical no-ideas lib complaining about other people trying to fix problems…

            1. Contributing nothing as usual.

              Were you a wannabe athlete that became a sportscaster so you could criticize the big boys?

              Bob Costas much??

      1. But I thought he was racist. All are welcome to the US with open arms (as long as everyone brings their own hand sanitizer). This a simply awesome time for the US to offer free healthcare for all. Trump, open those borders!

        1. Huh? No bunker mentality here. Your talking about Democrats and the media. The adults are in charge to lead us through this crisis. Like your post, your party is only capable of snide shots absent leadership…

  1. All of us are being hurt by this, but some more than others. Texas is taking the biggest hit in the US from oil prices. Now it is going to take the biggest hit from the closed border. Last year, 3.8 million people legally crossed the Texas-Mexico border. Many of them spent substantial sums in businesses on the US side. Others provided critical legal labor in communities all along the southern state border. Imports at the ports of Laredo and El Paso topped $227.4 billion and $76.8 billion, respectively. Who knows how long that will take to recover?

  2. Let us consider the human cost, as well. 627 deaths in 24 hours in Italy. That is just one country. No new cases in China, though. Because they are no longer testing. The economic blow is global, no doubt. The human cost even more frightening. Those in the US (and all other countries) must prepare for a human disaster. No gov bailout, medical treatment or vaccine will help.

      1. No, I won’t call you racist. My fault. I meant the “no new cases” to be slightly sarcastic. There maybe be “no new cases” because:
        A) China is misrepresenting the actual figures
        B) China is no longer testing. No tests = no positive test results = “no new cases”
        C) Some communist combination of A and B.
        Regardless, I totally agree with you – they are not to be trusted.

  3. Trump closing borders?! Typical racist Trump! What the hell is he doing? Open them up now! These people are in great danger. Let them all in – free healthcare for ALL. Yay!!

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